WASHINGTON — The government is seeking information from Iran about a former FBI agent reported missing while on a business trip to the Islamic republic several weeks ago, officials said Monday.
FBI spokesman Rich Kolko said the agent retired nearly a decade ago, and appeared to be in Iran on private business. He said the missing man was last seen in Iran in early March, and was not working for the FBI as a contractor.
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“At this time, there are no indications that this matter should be viewed other than as a missing person case,” Kolko said.
Kolko also said the former agent had worked on traditional criminal issues, such as organized crime cases — drawing a distinction between international terrorism or intelligence work that could have taken him to Iran.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the department had sent a letter to the Iranians through diplomatic intermediaries, asking if authorities there had any information about the man.
“It’s an American private citizen who is in Iran on private business about whom we are pursuing welfare and whereabouts (information),” he told reporters. “We have been monitoring this situation for a couple of weeks now.”